Dutch and German researchers deepen cooperation
Energy Research Centre Niedersachsen (EFZN), Energy Valley Groningen and Energy Academy Europe have signed a Memorandum of Understanding. The purpose of this MoU is to further deepen the cooperation around energy and renewable energy systems.
‘This paper is an expression of the already great understanding between the Netherlands and our institute’, Professor Hans-Peter Beck of EFZN states. ‘Their competences are complementary to ours. Where the Dutch are specialized in the field of gas from their background, Germany (and specially Niedersachsen) is leading in the field of renewable energy.’
The roles of the partners will be clearly defined: The knowhow of the researchers from Goslar will be used for the development and testing of small scale storage plants for renewable energy. At the energy campus in Goslar a battery and sensor testing center is currently being built. This will be extended so the miniature systems can be used for real-time simulation testing.
The Dutch partners will address the Power to Gas Research (conversion of electrical energy into useful gases by electrolysis) and small-scale energy storage.
The results of the collaboration will serve as the basis for the future development of a ‘North Sea Power Ring’ (linking the electricity networks of the North Sea countries). The MoU is the result of already warm ties between EFZN and Energy Valley in the European cooperation ENSEA (European North Sea Energy Alliance).